Dwarka: It was just another fresh morning at the T-point of Sector 17/18 aka DXR point (a group of runners in Dwarka), but with a pinch of peculiarity. The regular morning runners were not decked up in their usual western sportswear but in ethnic attires. From women in beautifully draped sarees to men in their cotton dhoti kurta, every runner seemed to be celebrating the Indian culture.
The run was conceptualised and organised by DXR(Dwarka Xpress Runners) group to promote running in the community and to make a statement that running is not confined to only certain types of clothes.
Sanjay Panghal, one of the founders of DXR says, “ We came up with this concept to show that running is not confined to any specific dress or approach. It is a positive attitude that is needed rest anyone can run anytime, anywhere and in any attire. A housewife can run in a Saree and a senior person can run in a Dhoti Kurta.”
Not only those who were regular runners participated in the event, but also those who were inactive runners. They ran, danced, and enjoyed a tasty breakfast together. Prerna Agrawal and Ajay Agrawal were one such couple from Sector 5 that participated in the event. Prerna said, “In 2012 I was in bed due to slip disc issue. I recovered and joined the running group in 2016. Now I have no problem and enjoy running with my husband Ajay. We both are delighted to have participated in this event.”
Dilip Dixit and Smita Dixit, another couple that wore traditional wear in the event, said, “Running in traditional attire gives a different feeling. We enjoyed this second time today.”
Deepa Mehra, a dietician and yoga expert, had joined the running for the first time. She said, “I ran for the first time today in a Saree and it was a unique experience.”
Rashmi Chaudhary, another runner said, “I was a brand ambassador last time in the Saree run. Generally, females don’t run in Saree. But we showed that we can run in any attire just need the right attitude. Running happens through brain and physical stamina, not through attire. ”
One of the founders of the DXR group, Anoop Sharma says, “We organize such a run to bring the communities together. They run together and know each other which builds the society.”